Athletes are not always such interesting people, especially if the sport they play is not particularly close to us. Still, tennis gives us a lot of athletes that we already adore. One of them is Naomi Osaka, which we will watch on Netflix.
As for Naomi, first of all, she is definitely an outstanding player. The 23-year-old has four Grand Slam titles to her name and is currently ranked No. 2 in the world in women’s singles. Although a bit camera shy, this tennis player has become dear to the public.
In three episodes we can enter through a small window into the life and everyday life of Naomi. Her life is presented to us from a completely different angle. The moments she spends both in training and at fashion shows and world travels, only show us her in a special light. With generic episode titles like “Rise,” “Champion Mentality,” and “New Blueprint,” the series turns into a somewhat tedious endeavor. At times, even her biggest fans could yawn and lose concentration.
The director is Oscar-nominated “Time” director Garrett Bradley. Bradley’s attempts to turn raw materials into gold are not equally dear to everyone. The original music by Theodosia Roussos and Devonté Hynes, also known as Blood Orange, introduces a dose of nervousness and disharmony.
The series begins with Osaka’s now-infamous upset at the 2018 U.S. Open when she overtook her childhood idol and living legend Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam title. Williams received a warning for a training offense that was generally accepted to be unfair. She showed disgust in her chair, and later at the trophy awarding it is clear that Osaka was feeling little off, although she clearly overcame her opponent.
Naomi Osaka Shows Her Humanity
Certainly we can see her humanity there. She showed a sporting spirit when, after beating American player Coco Gauff in the third round of the 2019 U.S. Open, she insisted on sharing an interview on the field. “I remember I used to see you guys training in the same place as me,” she said. “For me, that fact that both of us made it, and we’re both still working, I think it’s incredible,” she said at the time.
She is fighting for racial justice. During last year’s U.S. Open, which she won, she wore black face masks with a different name, a black person who was killed by the police.
There will always be someone who will give a good one, and someone who will give a bad comment for something. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but what is most important of all is the lesson this young tennis player leaves.